This Day in History: George Washington’s memorable words to the Jewish people

On this day in 1790, a Jewish-American man named Moses Seixas writes a letter to his President—the first President of the United States.   That letter prompts a memorable response from George Washington. Seixas was writing on behalf of his congregation in Rhode Island. The congregation wanted to welcome the President to the state! Rhode Island […]

This Day in History: James Madison reports that New York has ratified the Constitution!

On this day in 1788, James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” writes a letter to his father. New York had ratified the U.S. Constitution only one day earlier! The Confederation Congress, Madison reported, “are at present making the arrangements for putting the Government into operation.” The New York ratifying convention had been in an […]